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Published November 12, 2014

METRO DETROIT — The chill of the season is in the air, but we’re still a few weeks off from the feasting frenzy of the holidays. It’s a culinary condition that calls for something comforting, quick and still nutritious — you guessed it, soup.

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Published November 12, 2014

METRO DETROIT — A natural woodland holiday theme brings the outdoors inside for a cozy, charming and modern effect.

“Each year, when we go to the buyers shows, we look for new trends,” said Casey Thomas, vice president of Sherwood Forest Garden Center in Oakland Township. “New this year are more natural looks with a woodland theme.”

The popular movie “Frozen” has also become a decorating trend, Thomas said.

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Published November 5, 2014

METRO DETROIT — Feel like you haven’t been getting enough Zs lately?

It’s not just you.

According to experts, the shift in seasons can change more than the color of leaves — it can change our sleep patterns.

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Published April 30, 2014

PLEASANT RIDGE — Eventually becoming a city manager seemed like a reasonable next step for James Breuckman.

The 36-year-old Pleasant Ridge resident began working with municipal governments as a consultant before moving to work in municipal government as the manager of planning for Rochester Hills for the past three years.

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Published March 5, 2014

Starting plants like marigolds and tomatoes indoors from seeds helps beat the winter blues.

“It is nice to see things grow,” said Joni Makowski, store manager of Allemon’s Landscape Center in Detroit. “It is a good activity for the family. The longer the winter, everybody thinks about it. I have four kids. We always plant different seeds in eggshells.”

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Published February 26, 2014

FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council unanimously approved Feb. 10 to have the Ferndale Police Department serve as the public safety answering point for the 911 dispatch calls that come in from Royal Oak Township, taking over for Oakland County.

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Published February 19, 2014

The old saying goes that a little sugar and spice make everything nice. Well, there’s no doubt we’ve got the sugar thing down pat; but are we really taking advantage of the amazing flavors that spices can add to our cooking?

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Published February 13, 2014

OAKLAND COUNTY — The Michigan State University Extension is sponsoring a workshop for Oakland County lakefront property owners to create, restore and manage natural shorelines at the Cranbrook Institute of Science 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. March 8.

“This is an educational program to help homeowners that live along lakes … to understand the importance of a natural shoreline,” said Bindu Bhakta, extension educator with the MSU Extension.

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Published January 20, 2014

HUNTINGTON WOODS — Returning to Huntington Woods won’t be a completely new experience for Amy Sullivan. The current Franklin village administrator served as assistant city manager in Huntington Woods from 1985-1989.

This time around, Sullivan will be taking on full city-manager responsibilities as the City Commission selected Sullivan from among five candidates they interviewed to succeed current City Manager Alex Allie starting next month.

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Published January 4, 2014

Source: photo submitted by James Tong, Berkley Historical Museum

In 1946, Baker’s Drug Store moved into this building, located at 2600 W. 12 Mile Road, in Berkley.

In 1959, Raymond Lewis Baker sold the business to Max Millman, Milton Abramson and Harold Elias. Millman’s son, James, became a pharmacist and later took over the business.

On May 24, 2007, James Millman closed the store and donated a sizeable collection of historical drugs and prescription-making equipment to the Berkley Historical Museum, where it is on permanent display.

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Published December 4, 2013

FERNDALE — Over the years, Kelly Kaatz has become well-versed at adapting to change.

Attending high school at a rural school without an art program, Kaatz progressed through her teenage years without ever taking an art class. When she went off to college, she realized her trajectory at the time — studying advertising — was not working out so well.

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Published November 26, 2013

The lights, the songs, the anticipation! No, it’s not everyone tearing into their presents on Christmas morning as the holiday music plays in the background — it’s one of the many festive shows you’ll find around town.

And after all of the preparation, stress, spending, wrapping and running around, what better gift to give to yourself than an evening to sit back, relax and be entertained?

Here are just a few of this year’s highlights:

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Published November 7, 2013

Photo submitted by James Tong, Berkley Historical Museum

The Grapevine Bar is pictured here in November 1975 at its location on Coolidge Highway, between 12 Mile Road and Catalpa Drive, in Berkley. The Grapevine, which was formerly known as the Bear’s Den, was one of the most popular drinking spots in Berkley for decades. Today, the restaurant Bagger Dave’s sits in the former location of the Grapevine Bar.

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Published October 30, 2013

BERKLEY — Anthony Ianni wasn’t supposed to be a Division I college basketball player on arguably one of the best programs in the country.

In fact, Ianni wasn’t even supposed to be enrolled in college at all.

At the age of 5, doctors diagnosed Ianni with high-functioning autism and told his parents he would likely graduate high school, but his brightest future after was to be placed in a group home with others with disabilities.

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Published October 16, 2013

HUNTINGTON WOODS — A project that began in the summer of 2012 is nearing an end as fundraising efforts for the Burton Community Park improvement project will end Dec. 31 with a goal to raise $440,000.

Parents, school officials and community members started raising money to update the playground at the park, which also serves as the playground for Burton Elementary School, in May 2012, raising $35,000 in six weeks. In January, the Huntington Woods Men’s Club donated $65,000 to the project. As of Monday, the total raised stood at about $181,000.

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Published October 9, 2013

HUNTINGTON WOODS — In the 1960s and ’70s, America was taking part in the Vietnam War, a battle that may be the most internally contested war in the country’s history.

On the home front, going to college meant a way to stay out of the war, and for Michael Pitt, it meant a way for him to continue to be part of the counterculture movement that was occurring. People all across the country stood up for several different rights, including civil rights and free speech.

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Published October 7, 2013

FERNDALE — The Boys & Girls Club of South Oakland County has offered after-school programs in Ferndale since 2005, but because of staff and space restrictions, the programs were held at Ferndale High School and Middle School.

On Monday, however, the Boys & Girls Club expanded the programming in Ferndale after securing a location at the Kulick Community Center. The move will allow the programs to be expanded, but, more importantly, the age range can expand, too.

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Published October 1, 2013

FERNDALE — Troy Ramroop is a pilot, but he has never had to build anything quite like what he and his team designed in September.

Ramroop, owner of The Grasshopper Underground in Ferndale, got his general manager and three other staff members to make a video and submit it to Red Bull Flugtag to try to become contestants in the annual human-powered vehicle challenge.

Of the 30 teams selected to compete in the Chicago event Sept. 21, the Detroit Grasshoppers were the only team to represent Michigan.

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Published September 11, 2013

FERNDALE — Ferndale was selected this month as a pilot community for the MI Solar Works program, which aims to install solar panels on rooftops as an alternative to a home’s energy source.

MI Solar Works was created by WARM Training Center, a Detroit-based nonprofit organization aiming to bring energy alternatives to Michigan, along with SRIenergy. Joel Howrani Heeres, a sustainable communities coordinator with WARM, said the goal is to get 6,000 solar rooftops in Michigan by the end of 2014.

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Published September 11, 2013

FERNDALE — The Common Core Standards may be up for discussion at the state level, but in Ferndale, educators and administrators are moving forward with the standards and implementing them this school year.

Furthermore, the Ferndale Schools Board of Education unanimously voted during the Aug. 19 meeting to endorse the principles and goals of the Common Core Standards and send a resolution to Gov. Rick Snyder and members of the Michigan Legislature.

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